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no hot baths during pg - why not?

(20 Posts)
olivo Sat 10-Jan-09 18:22:55

can anyone tell me why you shouldn't have hot baths while pg? And what constitutes hot? I am panicking, as usual........

LadyOfWaffle Sat 10-Jan-09 18:24:05

I think it raises blood pressure and you could pass out.

LadyOfWaffle Sat 10-Jan-09 18:24:39

+ I think it's something to do with the fact you can sweat but baby cannot.

littleboyblue Sat 10-Jan-09 18:25:01

I think it has something to do with the way the heat affects your blood flow.
I still have hot baths.

Phoenix Sat 10-Jan-09 18:25:43

I thought it was because the baby is already in warm amniotic fluid or something like that hmm

olivo Sat 10-Jan-09 18:26:07

thanks for a prompt answer LOW. If you're used to hot baths would it be less of a problem, do you think?

WobblyPig Sat 10-Jan-09 18:28:25

I have hot baths. the baby is protected by lots of flesh and fluid I can't think thatthere is any effect on the baby.

olivo Sat 10-Jan-09 18:28:38

ahhh, quite a few possibilities then. does a bath not just warm up your outside though?

Lulumama Sat 10-Jan-09 18:28:52

i think it really means no jacuzzi baths , saunas , steam rooms etc that are much hotter than your bath etc at home

just be careful it is not too hot so you don;t faint

theowlwhowasafraidofthedark Sat 10-Jan-09 18:28:57

I think it's because amniotic fluid gets warm and could lead to baby becoming too hot and maybe not developing properly. My understanding is that it's more of a theoretical risk than one with evidence. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.
FWIW I continued having hot baths, but was pregnant over the summer rather than when it was cold.

olivo Sat 10-Jan-09 18:30:14

ok, i will try and stop worrying. In my first pg, i anally tested the water with a baby thermomater and rarely enjoyed my baths. this time round, it's so flipping cold in our bathroom, that my baths have been hot, but at least enjoyable and relaxing.
will try and keep the heat down a bit.

littleboyblue Sat 10-Jan-09 18:31:35

have a look here

littleboyblue Sat 10-Jan-09 18:34:16

That link was a bit rubbish wasn't it?

olivo Sat 10-Jan-09 18:36:10

thanks for that link, LBB. hopefully i'm ok as they don't turn me red but will be a bit more careful from now on.
thanks all!

olivo Sat 10-Jan-09 18:37:16

ah but it didnt scream 'NO' which would have really panicked me grin

littleboyblue Sat 10-Jan-09 18:40:25

I have hot baths to the point where I go red and continued to through both pregnancies and all has been fine.

tousletop Sat 10-Jan-09 18:42:17

I looked into this as I love a really hot (skin red) sort of bath, and the only risk is of fainting. No evidence it harms the baby, and there's so much protection around the baby, that I don't think it could really. I just got out if I started to feel really overheated....

Lauriefairycake Sat 10-Jan-09 18:44:59

You know when you feel guilty about something even though you know rationally its not your fault

I felt ill, crampy and had a hot bath - and that's where I miscarried. I knew I was as soon as I was in there. It was not nice. sad

littleboyblue Sat 10-Jan-09 18:49:50

Oh Laurie how awful. It wasn't your fault, as you say, you were cramping so it was happening regardless of whether you got in a bath or not. How awful.
With my last mc, I started to feel something was wrong, I didn't have any symptoms of a m/c but just knew something wasn't right. I told dp I wanted to take another pregnancy test to see if that told me anything (stupid) so he bought one and I went to bathroom to pee, couldn't go so tried to help it by pushing and when I started bleeding heavily a little while later, I started toi think maybe if I hadn't tried to force myself to pee.........
Natural thought though isn't it?

chloejessmeg Sat 10-Jan-09 19:12:56

I always thought that you shouldn't have hot baths in the first timester as it increased the risk of miscarriage? Thought it was because of the sudden temperature change? Same reason you shouldn't get too cold, like swimming in the sea?

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